16 types of cancer caused by smoking, says KHCC director

Cancer treatment costs in Jordan exceed hundreds of millions annually

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King Hussein Cancer Center. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Assem Mansour, the director of the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), said that smoking is linked to 16 types of cancer. These include lung, colon, and vocal cord cancers, among others. اضافة اعلان

Mansour emphasized the significant financial burden imposed by cancer treatment in Jordan. Annually, the country spends between JD400 million and JD450 million on treating cancer patients, he said.

However, this visible cost is just the tip of the iceberg, as the hidden costs associated with cancer can exceed JD1 billion each year.

Lack of implementationMansour also expressed concerns regarding the failure of Jordanian authorities to effectively implement the public health law. He said authorities left the implementation confined to paper rather than translating it into practical application on the ground.

This lack of enforcement has allowed many public places to remain without designated areas for smokers, negatively impacting the well-being of all citizens, he said.

Regarding electronic cigarettes, Mansour dispelled the misconception that they are less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

Contrary to popular belief, he said, the exact components of electronic cigarettes are unknown, making their potential health risks unpredictable. Moreover, he warned that these devices can serve as a gateway to traditional smoking, further exacerbating the already concerning smoking rates in Jordan.

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